Fishbowl (Paperback)

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Constrained by a life that consists of a gallon of water, a pink plastic castle, and a snail, Ian the goldfish leaps to freedom. Alas, his fishbowl rests on a balcony on the 27th floor of an apartment building. His descent takes him past an assortment of the building’s residents – a grad student and his girlfriend, a construction worker, a shut-in, the building superintendent, a homeschooled boy, a hugely pregnant woman, and more – whose lives intersect, entwine, enrich, and bounce off each other. This microcosm is a small miracle: an absorbing, moving, suspenseful, witty look at a collection of characters who demand your attention and utterly capture your affection.

- Banna

— From Banna's Recs


A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.

There's the handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and his mistress; the construction worker who feels trapped by a secret; the building's super who feels invisible and alone; the pregnant woman on bed rest who craves a forbidden ice cream sandwich; the shut-in for whom dirty talk, and quiche, are a way of life; and home-schooled Herman, a boy who thinks he can travel through time. Though they share time and space, they have something even more important in common: each faces a decision that will affect the course of their lives. Within the walls of the Seville are stories of love, new life, and death, of facing the ugly truth of who one has been and the beautiful truth of who one can become.

Sometimes taking a risk is the only way to move forward with our lives. As Ian the goldfish knows, "An entire life devoted to a fishbowl will make one die an old fish with not one adventure had."

Bradley Somer's Alberta Literary Award winning Fishbowl is at turns funny and heartbreaking.

About the Author

BRADLEY SOMER was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in Canada and holds degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology. His debut novel, Imperfections, published in Canada, won the 2013 CBC Bookie Award for debut of the year. Fishbowl was an Indie Next pick and appeared on Parnassus Books' Best Books of 2015 list. He lives in Calgary, Canada.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250105882
ISBN-10: 1250105889
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English

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